Febrile Seizures

  • Gerald Erenberg
  • Harold H. MorrisIII
Part of the Clinical Medicine and the Nervous System book series (CLIN.MED.NERV.)


The term “febrile seizures” refers to a clinical syndrome based on the tendency of young children to experience seizures during a febrile illness. In ancient times, Hippocrates had already noted that “convulsions occur to children if acute fever be present … most readily up to their seventh year. Older children and adults are not equally liable to be seized with convulsions in fevers, unless some of the strongest and worst symptoms precede …” (Adams 1929, p. 212). Hippocrates also described a relationship between convulsions and fever due to teething, stating that “at the approach of dentition, pruritis of the gums, fevers, convulsions, diarrhoea …” occur in susceptible children (Adams 1929, p. 217).


Febrile Seizure Epileptiform Activity Complex Partial Seizure Febrile Convulsion National Child Development Study 
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